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Waymo co-CEO Tekedra Mawakana tweeted yesterday that the corporate would open up totally driverless, autonomous robotaxi rides in downtown Phoenix to its trusted tester program members right this moment. The corporate kicked off this system yesterday when Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego hailed a visit with one of many firm’s robotaxis.
Waymo is branding the rides as “rider solely” journeys to point that there isn’t any security driver behind the wheel of Waymo’s autonomous Jaguar I-Tempo EVs.
The service is at the moment solely out there to Waymo’s trusted tester service members, who signal non-disclosure agreements stopping them from posting in regards to the rides or discussing them with journalists. Waymo stated it plans to open it as much as members of the general public sooner or later.
The corporate has been testing its expertise in Phoenix since 2017. Waymo started driving within the Phoenix suburbs of Chandler, Tempe and Mesa in 2020. In Might 2022, it introduced it will open up rides in downtown Phoenix to its staff.
Waymo is delivering one of many keynotes at RoboBusiness, which runs Oct. 19-20 in Santa Clara and is produced by WTWH Media, dad or mum firm of The Robotic Report. Allison Thackston, technical lead & supervisor at Waymo, will focus on on Oct. 19 from 9:30-10:15 AM the technical challenges of creating autonomous automobiles. She may also present updates on Waymo’s ongoing deployments and work. Previous to Waymo, Thackston labored at Nuro, Toyota Analysis Institute and Oceaneering. She’s additionally a founding member of the ROS2 Technical Steering Committee.
Waymo has additionally been working to roll its service out in San Francisco. In March 2022, it introduced that it will be giving driverless rids to its staff within the metropolis. The information got here lower than a month after the California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) issued Waymo a Drivered Deployment allow, permitting the corporate to cost for its autonomous rides.
Whereas Waymo has made nice strides in San Francisco, it’s not the one firm with its sights on the town. Cruise, one other autonomous car developer, has been testing its expertise in San Francisco since 2021, when it started testing with security drivers. In June 2022, Cruise started charging for autonomous rides within the metropolis.
Waymo’s autonomous driving expertise isn’t only for robotaxis, it’s additionally creating autonomous vehicles. In November 2021, the corporate started a six-week pilot with UPS to check its Waymo Through’s Class 8 vehicles in Texas.
Waymo has greater than 700 automobiles in its fleet, which is made up of a mixture of Jaguar I-Tempo EVs, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans and Class 8 vehicles. Waymo is the self-driving car expertise unit of Google dad or mum Alphabet.